"Crossing Jerusalem", "The Golem", "Saint Joan", "Year Zero" (Oberon Modern Playwrights)
By: Julia Pascal (author)Paperback
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Crossing Jerusalem: twenty four hours in the life of an Israeli family in March 2002. Varda an estate agent, is preparing a birthday lunch party for Yael, her daughter in law. Her husband Serge, a Russian emigre, is helping her clinch a tricky property deal. Her son Gideon and her daughter Lee are about to return to the Occupied Territories on reserve duty in the army. Bombs are going off in cafes, restaurants and street markets. Over this 24 hours huge questions surface as personal and political history burst into the present. The Israelis meet the Arabs in an East Jerusalem restaurant where Sammy, a Christian Arab and two Muslim Palestinians, Sharif and Yusuf, are waiting for customers. The encounter of enemies reveals a hidden past which returns to haunt Gideon. The Golem is a play for children, which has been touring schools since Autumn 2002. It's the tale of a friendly giant, the Golem, created by magic to save a village from harm. Fusing absurdism and physical theatre with original music and a modern text, this fantastic story will thrill and intrigue young audiences and their families.
Julia Pascal's plays are edgy personal and political dramas often connected to Jewish culture and history. From British collaboration with the Nazis on the Channel Islands to current Palestinian-Israeli conflicts, they explore the complexity of the most highly-charged conflicts of our age. These texts range from dance-theatre Expressionism to naturalism and often offer large roles to women which challenge stereotypes. The plays have an international dimension. Year Zero is set in Vichy France. St Joan in London and Paris. The Dybbuk takes place in Eastern European ghetto. Crossing Jerusalem is 24 hours in the life of a Jerusalem family. Honeypot is a spy story situated in Stockholm and Paris. Styles range from cabaret to thriller. And always there is sharp dialogue that is often darkly funny as well as disturbing. The plays have been staged in the UK, the USA, Belgium, France, Germany and Sweden.
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